Good day! I went out for the second time with my 2000 426 and had a much more productive ride. The starting advice EGO and others gave was very much appreciated, and worked every time. No, I didn't need to blip the throttle for the first start, just turn the gas on, pull the choke, find the spot, and kick. Nothing to it. I spilled a couple times, and only once did I actually need the hot start pulled. Thanks! Now I can try to learn how to ride this thing!